AWS Backup aims to simplify backing up data on Amazon’s cloud

Clare Hopping

21 Jan, 2019

AWS has unveiled a managed backup service that will help customers backup their data, whether it resides on-premise or in the cloud.

AWS Backup makes it easier for companies to manage their data by offering a single place for data in storage volumes, databases, and file systems to be managed and audited.

Users can schedule backups as frequently as required, set retention policies and monitor backups and restores from the dashboard. It also ensures firms can comply more easily with regulatory demands.

The company explained it had developed AWS Backup so businesses can get rid of the fragmented processes associated with data backup and scheduling.

Although using the cloud means there’s more flexibility when apps and services are distrusted across multiple environments, this makes it very hard to manage.

“As the cloud has become the default choice for customers of all sizes, it has attracted two distinct types of builders, “ said Bill Vass, vice president of storage, automation, and management services at AWS.

“Some are tinkerers who want to tweak and fine tune the full range of AWS services into a desired architecture, and other builders are drawn to the same breadth and depth of functionality in AWS, but are willing to trade some of the service granularity to start at a higher abstraction layer, so they can build even faster.

“We designed AWS Backup for this second type of builder who has told us that they want one place to go for backups versus having to do it across multiple, individual services.”

At launch, AWS Backup will work for Services including Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and AWS Storage Gateway, which will allow a connection to on-premise data backup too.

Support for other AWS services will be added in the future. AWS Backup will run side-by-side AWS’s existing manual backup service.